Properties and uses of modern plastics in the post-World War II era.
Illustrates the properties and uses of both thermoplastic and thermosetting compounds in the 'FOURTH KINGDOM' of plastics.
Ken Smith sez: This early Technicolor presentation, sponsored by General Electric, opens with a group of children playing blindman's bluff. Little Susie is stumped because the object she's trying to guess is not from the animal, vegetable or mineral kindoms, but her dad (an engineer) soon sets her straight. It's from the "fourth kingdom," he explains -- the kingdom of plastics. After reviewing the role of thermoplastic and thermosetting compounds in history and World War II, this film ends on a note of postwar positivism, as the narrator speculates about plastic fabrics, shoes-of-the-future, and other man-made wonders of the world of tomorrow. A period piece.
A very strange film which starts out at as a kids party and winds up in the lab. Kids are playing "guess what raw material this is made out of" (a favorite childrens game fer shure!) and the kids are stumped what to classify plastics as. The father figure says, that's a good question! We have the vegetable kingdom, the mineral kingdowm.. maybe there should be a plastics kingsom!" From there we take a tour and find out how plastics are made and where plastics can go. Not really that substantial, but somewhat interesting nevertheless.